UK military jets escort civilian plane to London airport

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Britain's Royal Air Force says that fighter jets have escorted a civilian airliner to Stansted Airport after a passenger became disruptive.

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The air force said that RAF Typhoon jets were launched from an eastern England air base Tuesday afternoon, and the plane "was intercepted and safely escorted to Stansted Airport."

Flight-tracking websites indicate the plane was a Pakistan International Airlines flight bound for London's Heathrow Airport.

The Essex Police force says that the diversion was due to a "disruptive passenger." It says officers are with the plane and the rest of the airport remains open.

So far, there have been no arrests.